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October 31, 2009

CHECK OUT THIS FUNNY LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY VIDEO FEATURING THE HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY

TOTALBEAUTY.COM PROVIDES HELP FOR 12 MAJOR HAIR AND SKIN ISSUES

Get help for everything from cystic acne, hair breakage, psoriasis and more

12 Major Hair and Skin Issues -- Solved!
Sure, we all get the occasional breakout or dry patch of skin, but if you're suffering from a more serious hair or skin issue then you need serious help. Get it here.

MY FAVORITE HALLOWEEN BEE-AUTIES


BEE BEAUTIFUL!
What I love even more than chocolate at Halloween time is getting my girls all "dolled up" in their Halloween costumes.  And believe me they LOVE having their makeup done almost as much as I love doing it for them!  This year they wanted to be honey bees for Halloween.  Their costumes are cute but DEFINITLY not warm enough for a cold Halloween Night.  So, sorry girls , you are going to have to wear your coats over your costumes! But at least you get to wear MAKEUP!!! 


MOM'S BAG OF TRICKS
Because my daughters are 9 and 11 I didn't want their makeup to be "over done". I want them to look like sweet honey bees not grown-up Queen bees.  I applied Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer to their faces and then I very lighty swept Bare Minerals, Mineral Foundation in Medium Beige over their foreheads, noses and cheeks.  For a "bashful" blush I used Bare Minerals Blush in True.  L'Oreal HiP Color Presso lip gloss in Swanky was the "lippie" of choice for my lady bees (they love the shine and that it tastes like vanilla cake batter).  I then dusted their eyelids with Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow in , Vanilla to bring some shimmering light to their eyes.  To hold their "bee hive hair do's in place I used Davines Defining Glam Power Hairspray.  I finished up with their FAVORITE part of this Halloween costume , false eyelashes!  I used Revlon Fantasy Lengths Lashes in Defining to create a long, feathery wink. Just as an F.Y.I. I DO NOT make a habit of letting my daughters wear makeup, let alone false eyelashes.  It is only for Halloween fun!

I hope you have a great Halloween!  Please let me know what you plan on doing to have some Halloween fun this weekend!.  Till then!  B.

If you have young daughters of your own then you might want to check out my daughter's blog, The Gabchicks for fun kid stuff.

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October 30, 2009

THE 12 BEST FOUNDATIONS UNDER $15

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The 12 Best Foundations Under $15

Get flawless-looking skin with these beauties from L'Oreal, CoverGirl and more


When it comes to foundation, it really pays to find the perfect product for you. After all, all the eye makeup and lip products in the world won't make you look gorgeous if your skin looks blah. On the bright side, TotalBeauty.com readers have found that you don't have to spend a fortune to get flawless-looking skin. In fact, there are plenty of cheapie products that will give you just that! Read on to see what they are.

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No. 12: Almay Line Smoothing Compact Makeup for Dry Skin, $14.78

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8



"It actually does improve the appearance of lines ..."

No. 11: Maybelline New York Pure Stay Powder Foundation, $7.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8



"First time in my life, someone commented on my 'beautiful skin' ..."

No. 10: CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Liquid Makeup, $10.13

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8



"I recently saw a friend I hadn't seen for a while and she asked if I had something done ..."

Want to see what's No. 1? Click here!

CELEBRITY AND BEAUTY NEWS

Premiere Of DreamWorks' "Things We Lost in the Fire" - Arrivals


HERE IS A LITTLE LINK LOVE FROM ME TO YOU!

Find Out Where To Get Celeb's Must Have Fashion Items Like Hilliary Duff's Givenchy Over-Sized Bag, People magazine

Black Is Back And Hotter Than Ever.See How Celebs Like Halle Berry Are Rocking The Little Black Dress, OK Magazine

Get Reese Witherspoon's Super Easy Party Hair, Harper's Bazaar magazine

WORST DRUGSTORE SHAMPOOS - ACCORDING TO TOTAL BEAUTY.COM

These duds, from Pantene, Suave, Tresemme and more, left our readers high and dry (or greasy, ew!)

10 Worst Drugstore Shampoos
Sure, all the shampoos on this list are cheap, but even if something doesn't cost much, it should still work, right? We know there are awesome drugstore shampoos out there, so really the ones on this list have no excuse. Save your money (even if you do have a coupon) and skip these dud drugstore shampoos.
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.8

No. 10: Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo, $8.33
"I don't think this shampoo and conditioner did anything out of the ordinary for my hair ..."
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.8

No. 9: Suave Professionals Radiant Brunette Shampoo, $3.48
"I had colored my hair [and] it went a little too dark. I went to a salon-- this is what they used to strip my hair of the color ..."
TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 5.6

No. 8: Sunsilk Anti-Caida (Anti-Fall) Shampoo, $4.59
"This stuff dried my hair out and made my color run ..."
October 29, 2009

CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLES

 5 HAUNTINGLY HORRIBLE CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLES






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2009 MTV Video Music Awards- Arrivals


HERE IS SOME LINK LOVE FROM ME TO YOU!

Get  Recession Proof Beauty Tips From Elle Magazine, Elle Magazine

Need A lift? Get These Instant Lift Tips For Your Face And Body, Elle Magazine

2009 Inspired Halloween Costumes, Cosmopolitan Magazine

GODIVA CHOCOLATES


GODIVA CHOCOLATES

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE (WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO GO!)
In the "spirit" of Halloween I thought that I might chat about my favorite part of Halloween,  CHOCOLATE!  Halloween is the perfect excuse for me to feast on some of my favorite chocolate treats!  After my girls go Trick-or-Treating someone has to make sure that the candy is safe for their consumption (it's a tough job but someone has to do it!). Now I know that chocolate has its flaws, like fat and useless calories but remember every cloud has a silver lining you know.

COME OVER TO THE DARK SIDE
Dark chocolate, not milk chocolate, has many health benefits.  Studies have shown that daily consumption of dark chocolate (about the size of a Dove bar) has been shown to improve skin's condition by making it softer and smoother.  Cocoa contains powerful antioxidants called flavonoids which help prevent cell damage and inflammation.  In other studies Cocoa consumption has also been shown to increase blood flow to areas such as your skin and brain which resulted in improved memory and attention span. I found this information from CNN.com Article written by Marjorie Ingall from Health.com.

WICKEDLY GOOD
Now is chocolate a cure all?  Will it make you instantly more beautiful?  Probably not. But I do know that when I eat chocolate I feel better and when I feel better I think I look better. (Maybe this is just my way of rationalizing my need to consume chocolate). Just keep in mind that even dark chocolate has a lot of calories, so don't over do it!  Before I go I must share with you my favorite Halloween chocolate treats from Godiva ChocolatesHalloween Milk Chocolate Mini Pretzels are a delicious combination of salty and sweet, I love them!

Please let me know what you think.  Till then! B.

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October 28, 2009

13 BEST CELEBRITY SIDE-SWEPT HAIRSTYLES!

All it takes to transform a blah hairstyle into a hot trend is a different position

13 Best Celebrity Side-Swept Hairstyles
Take a nod from celebrities on the red carpet by sporting a side-swept style. The hottest looks right now, whether they're updos, left down, or adorned with a jeweled accessory, are sexy side-swept looks. See how these celebrities successfully pulled off the trend!
For more interesting beauty tips and celebrity news and fashion click here!

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I thought that you might enjoy watching this You Tube video from MAC. The Halloween makeup application is AMAZING!



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SEPHORA HALLOWEEN KITS




SEPHORA HALLOWEEN KITS

"MAKEUP" YOUR MIND
Short on time? Not quite sure how to pull a Halloween look together? Don't have the right makeup? Can't makeup your mind on what to be this Halloween? Sound like you?  Then let Sephora help you take the guess work out of Halloween makeup with their super smart Halloween kits.  They offer 3 different kits that contain all the makeup elements you need to look GREAT this Halloween. Each kit has 3 different makeup options to choose from. 
1.  Sweet and Sassy. This kit provides you with the makeup necessary to transform yourself into a life sized doll, fairy or angel.
2.  Glamour Girl. A great kit to help you get your glam on. This kit is tailored for the girl who wants to be a Greek Goddess, peacock or Cleopatra.
3.  Drama Mama. Stir up some drama with this makeup kit. This kit is created for the girl who wants to be a Vampire, Rock Star or witch.

Each kit contains false eyelashes, eyeshadow, eyeliner, glitter ( in one form or another) and one kit includes a nail polish. All the necessary elements for creating a hot Halloween look and each kit costs only $19!

Please let me know what you think of the Sephora Halloween kits.  Till then! B.

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October 27, 2009

TOTALBEAUTY.COM TELLS WHICH US CITIES ARE THE VAINEST?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which cities in the U.S. are the vainest of them all?

The 10 Most Vain Cities
We're all for wanting to look good -- heck, we spend our days telling you about the latest, greatest (and not so stellar) in the world of beauty. But then there's vanity -- being obsessed with looks to the point of spending major bucks on stuff that's supposed to make you pretty. We compiled data on the vanity industry -- plastic surgeons, tanning salons and businesses that cater to your hair, nails and skin -- to find out which cities are more obsessed than the rest. Find out if you live in a me-me-me city.

CELEBRITY AND BEAUTY NEWS

'The Stepfather' New York Premiere


GET YOURSELF SOME LINK LOVE!

Check Out The Fierce Footwear Worn By Celebs Like Alicia Keys And Jessica Simpson, People Magazine

See How Celebs Like Britney, Gwen And Kim Like To Dress For Halloween, US Magazine

"A night At The Musuem."The Annual Whitney Museum's Benefit Brought Out Gorgeous Celebs Like Taylor Momsen In Equally As Beautiful Gowns, Cosmoploitan Magazine

NARS MULTIPLE COFFRET


NARS MULTIPLE COFFRET

THE MINI MULTI-TASKER
I love any beauty product that makes my beauty on-the-go routine easier.  NARS has a cute set of 3 of their popular cream to powder multi-taskers called NARS Multiple Coffret ( I found it at Sephora). Each of the these can be used on your eyes, lips and cheeks.  The shades that are included are Orgasm (peachy pink shimmer), South Beach ( shimmering apricot), and Copacabana (glistening pearl).  I love using cream to powder makeup especially in the Fall and Winter because they go on so easily and it gives my dry Winter skin a smoother and softer appearance.

TINY PURSE APPROVED
You can use these "multi-taskers" alone or together.  I like to use the South Beach shade as my bronzer.  I give my forehead, cheeks and nose a sweep of the South Beach and then I blend it in with my (clean) fingers.  For my blush I like to use Orgasm and then I follow up with The Copacabana as my highlighter to create shimmering accents to my cheeks and brow.  I love that these products blend in so well with my skin and that all the colors compliment each other.  I also like the fact that these tubes of makeup are small enough so you can easily fit all 3 in your purse.

BRIT'S NIT PICKS
I love that you can get 3 different shades in this set however, they are VERY tiny and you do not get much makeup in the tubes. If you really like using these "multi-taskers" then I would suggest that you make the investment and purchase the full sized versions.

Please let me know what you think of NARS Mulitple Coffret.  Till then!  B. 
October 26, 2009

DO YOU HAVE MAJOR HAIR AND SKIN ISSUES?

Get help for everything from cystic acne, hair breakage, psoriasis and more

12 Major Hair and Skin Issues -- Solved!
Sure, we all get the occasional breakout or dry patch of skin, but if you're suffering from a more serious hair or skin issue then you need serious help. That's why we asked Dr. Heidi Waldorf, director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Arielle N. B. Kauvar, M.D., director of New York Laser & Skin Care, Jerry Teuschler, Principal Scientist for Proctor and Gamble Beauty and Grooming Science, and Head & Shoulders hairstylist Ryan Trygstad to weigh in. They gave advice for the big issues facing TotalBeauty.com readers, so read on for relief from your hair and skin woes.

CELEBRITY AND BEAUTY NEWS

2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Arrivals


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Katy Perry And Kim Kardashian Both Celebrate B-Days, Check Out The Photos, People Magazine

Get Gorgeous Red Lips At Any Age, Harper's Bazaar Magazine

See How Celebs Like Natalie Portman Stay Warm And Still Look So Cool, Glamour Magazine

Please leave me a comment about what you are reading.

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VICTORIA'S SECRET, SECRET GARDEN ANTI-BACTERIAL PRODUCTS


VICTORIA'S SECRET, SECRET GARDEN ANTI-BACTERIAL PRODUCTS

HEY, KEEP IT CLEAN!
H1N1, the seasonal flu, colds, germs and viruses, like it or not they are EVERYWHERE!  I went to the mall this weekend and paid close attention to all the surfaces that I touched and that everyone else has also touched.  Door handles, bathroom stall door locks, chairs and tables in the food court and the worst of them all, the handrails on the escalator (yuck!!)  Obviously, hand washing is essential especially when you are out in public areas , ie the mall, grocery stores, restaurants. The problem is that soap and water are not always readily available.  This is where products like Victoria's Secret, Secret Garden Anti-Bacterial Sanitizing Hand Gel comes in "handy".

SANITIZE IN STYLE!
The fact that I want to keep my husband, children and myself healthy this cold and flu season has spurred me to seek out good anti-bacterial hand cleansing products.  Victoria's Secret, Secret Garden Anti-Bacterial Sanitizing Hand Gel in Love Spell is what I am carrying in my purse these days.  It is a "no water" required way to wash your hands anywhere or anytime you need to.  It smells great, comes in a travel size and won't dry out hands, what's not to love?

HANDY, DANDY
I also understand that even though you tell your kids to wash their hands before they eat lunch at school chances are they forget to do it.  I have placed a package of the Victoria's Secret Sanitizing Hand Wipes in my daughter's  lunchboxes.  These wipes are a super convenient, easy way to clean hands on the go, (especially good for kids and husbands). They are great for those who are "preoccupied" with other things like "who am I going to sit next to at lunch" rather than remembering to wash their hands!  Trust me, if it is there they will use it.

Please let me know what you think of these products.  Till then! B.

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October 25, 2009

DO YOU WANT THESE CELEBRITY HAIR COLORS?

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Steal Celebrities' Hair Color -- With At-Home Products!

You don't need to go to a pricey salon to get A-list color, we'll show you an easier (and cheaper!) way


Most celebrities have enviable hair color -- not surprising since they can afford to visit the swankiest salons. But we know a little secret: you don't need to go to a fancy salon to get gorgeous color. In fact, you can give yourself a beautiful dye job at home! All you need is the right product, which we'll help you find. Check out these celebrity inspirations and see which type of at-home hair color will give you the same effect.

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HERE IS SOME LINK LOVE FROM ME TO YOU.

Get The Best Dress To Flatter Your Body Type, InStyle Magazine

Check Out Kristen Stewart's Photo Shoot For Allure Magazine, Allure Magazine

5 Bad Foods That Are Good For Your Skin, Glamour Magazine
October 24, 2009

TOP 7 BEAUTY TURN-OFFS YOUR DATE WILL NOTICE!

You've only got one chance to make a great first impression. Find out what he ranks on the top of his list of beauty turn-offs

Seven Flaws Your Date Will Notice
While we like to think he'll notice our fabulous leopard print pumps, guys have a different set of priorities when determining if they're hot for you or not. Check out what beauty concerns grab his eye and how to turn an imperfection into your best asset.

CELEBRITY AND BEAUTY NEWS

Around Bryant Park - Day 3 - Spring 2010 MBFW

HERE IS SOME LINK LOVE FROM ME TO YOU. ENJOY!

Check Out Hillary Duff's Sexy Style Secrets, People Magazine

Ivanka Trump Set To Be Wed This Sunday, People Magazine

This Article Is An Absolute MUST Read For All Women. 10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Body, Glamour Magazine

Please leave me a comment about what you are reading!

To read more interesting articles on Celebrity and Beauty News Click Here!Till then! B.
October 23, 2009

DO YOU NEED A HAIR CARE MAKEOVER?

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Does Your Hair Care Routine Need a Makeover?

See what steps you should change to get perfectly soft and shiny hair


Lather, rinse, repeat. Seems pretty simple, right? Not so much. Taking care of your hair (especially when it's color-treated) can be tricky, and so many things out there (heat styling, the sun, hair dye) can keep you from your best locks. This quiz will show you what you may be doing wrong -- and how to make it right, so you can have the hair you've always wanted.

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CELEBRITY AND BEAUTY NEWS

Teen Choice Awards 2009 - Arrivals

JUST A LITTLE LINK LOVE FROM ME TO YOU!

Check Out The Style Evolution Of The Fabulous Fergie, Cosmopolitan Magazine

Get These Tips To help Banish Ho-Hum Days, Cosmopolitan Magazine

Find Out What Haircut Will Be Turning Heads This Winter, Marie Claire Magazine

Leave me a comment on what you are read about. B.

BORGHESE FANGO ACTIVE MUD FOR FACE AND BODY


BORGHESE FANGO ACTIVE MUD FOR FACE AND BODY

MISBEHAVIN'
Have you ever had a time when out of the blue your skin decides to act up?  Well mine is acting up now.  I have not made any changes in my skin care routine.  I haven't made any changes in my diet, I still get my daily dose of healthy antioxidants ( chocolate!).  So, what do you do when you need a little girl advice?  Ask your mom what she would do! 

MUD IN YOUR EYES
Sometimes you need to "reset" your skin even if you haven't made any changes in your diet or skin care routine.  In order to do this you need to deeply cleanse, purify and refine.  My new "go to" product is one that has been around for a long time.  Good old fashioned MUD!; I tried my mom's Borghese Fango Active Mud for Face and Body and I am so happy I listened to her. I applied this mud mask to my skin while it was damp and because it is green in color it makes it very easy to see where you have applied it so you won't neglect any areas of your face.  I let it sit for about 20 minutes or until it was completely dry. I love the tightening feeling that you get as this mask dries.

THE RESULTS ARE IN!
After using the Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask my skin was remarkably softer and smoother, my pores were definitely tighter and those "pre-pimple bumps" were gone.  So , yes once again mom was right.   Please let me know what you think.  Till then! B.

BORGHESE FANGO ACTIVE MUD FOR FACE AND BODY
October 22, 2009

CELEBRITY HAIR COLOR - BEST BLONDES

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Celebrity Hair Color Hall of Fame: Best Blondes

From Gwyneth Paltrow to Gwen Stefani, let these fair-haired bombshells inspire you to go blonde


From platinum to gold, choose your desired hue among these 10 flaxen-haired starlets with helpful advice from Joel Warren, L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Color Ambassador, then get coloring -- it won't cost you more than 20 dollars!

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CELEBRITY AND BEAUTY NEWS

Premiere Of Warner Bros' "Four Christmases" - Arrivals


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Reese Witherspoon Dishes On Life And Love, Instyle Magazine

Check Out The Latest Va-Ca Pics From Celebs Like Kellie Pickler, People Magazine

Get Lucky Magazine's List Of The All Time Favorite Hairstyles, Lucky Magazine

YVES SAINT LAURENT PARISIENNE


YVES SAINT LAURENT PARISIENNE

BRITNEY'S WHAT'S HOT AND NEW BEAUTY REVIEW
I have recently tested out Yves Saint Laurent latest perfume creation, Parisienne.  I have to say that I LOVE the design of this bottle.  It looks like a perfectly cut, flawless pink diamond which is a brilliant choice for a woman's fragrance (diamonds ARE a girl's best friend you know).

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS
Parisienne takes your senses on a whirl wind, sexy, romantic rendezvous to Paris, France.  This perfume is exactly what I would imagine walking down a quaint french rue in the evening would be like.  The floral scent reminds me of a street side vendor who's cart is full of the days freshest cut flowers The hint of sandalwood and musk helps bring out the sensual side of this fragrance.  Parisienne is an ultra-feminine fragrance that wraps your skin in its beautiful floral aroma.  I must be honest and admit that at first I found Parisienne to be a little strong. It wasn't exactly love at first spritz.  However, as the day went on I had fallen hard for Parisienne's charms.

PARLE VOUS FRANCAIS?
Not fluent in French then let Parisienne do the talking.  This fragrance says that you are feminine, sexy, adventuresome and confident.  It is sweetness with a hint of sophistication and where innocence meets intrigue. Parisienne has notes of violet, peony, patchouli, Damas Rose, sandalwood and musk.

OOOH-LA-LA!
Why do I wear perfume?  That's easy!  I wear it for my husband.  If he hates a perfume then out it goes.  He happens to LOVE the way Parisienne smells!! Evidenced by the fact that he kept sniffing my neck and telling me how nice I smelled all day long!  So yes, Parisienne is a definite keeper!  Go on your own Parisienne adventure by checking out this fragrance!

Please let me know what you think.  Till then! B.
YVES SAINT LAURENT PARISIENNE